Illinois State Library

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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carl Clinton Van Doren  

Pen Name: Carl Clinton Van Doren, Carl Van Doren


Born: September 10, 1885 in Hope, Illinois

Died: July 18, 1950, in Torrington, CT

-- Carl Clinton Van Doren on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Carl was the son of a country doctor and was raised on the family farm in Vermillion County, Illinois. He earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1907.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carl Clinton Van Doren was a U.S. critic and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. He was the brother of Mark Van Doren and the uncle of Charles Van Doren.

Published Works

  • Other Provinces, Knopf, 1925
  • The Ninth Wave, Harcourt, 1926
  • Three Worlds, Harper, 1936
  • Van Doren, Carl, Three Worlds, Harper, 1936
  • Benjamin Franklin, Viking, 1938
  • An Illinois Boyhood, Viking, 1939
  • Carl Van Doren, Selected by Himself, Viking, 1945
  • American Scriptures, Boni and Gaer, 1946

Selected Titles At Your Library

Three worlds /
ISBN: 0837198313. OCLC Number:

Greenwood Press,. Westport, Conn. :. 1977, ©1936.

Benjamin Franklin /
ISBN: 1931541868. OCLC Number:

Simon Publications,. Safety Harbor, FL :. 2002, ©1938.

Benjamin Franklin /
ISBN: 0140152601. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :. 1991.

Comprehensive biography of Benjamin Franklin incorporating his letters, manuscripts, journals, and published works.